The year was 2010 and 21-year-old Anthony Bailenson was found hanging in his car after an argument with his boyfriend.
In the months that followed, Bailelson’s friends, family and the media repeatedly linked his death to his mental illness.
He had been hospitalized twice before, including for psychosis, bipolar disorder and depression.
In a statement released after his death, Bailsenson’s family said that the family had not yet received the autopsy report, but that he had been suffering from schizophrenia since the age of 13.
His death brought renewed attention to the issue of mental health in our society.
More than 50 years after the suicide of Bailordens friend Robert M. Schmitt, the topic of mental illness remains as controversial as ever.
In this new series, MTV News looks at the life and times of people with mental illness who have died at the hands of law enforcement officers, including police officers from states like Georgia, North Carolina, New York and Illinois.
MELISSA BLOCK/MTV NewsAmber Baileson.
MELISSE BLOCKThe mother of Anthony Bailsorden, Amber Bailons family says she and her family are “deeply saddened and saddened” by her son’s death, but are not convinced his death was a suicide.
The family told MTV News that Bailen was “a loving and loving father, husband and son” who loved the world.
He also had a daughter, Emma.
“We’re deeply saddened that we will have to talk about his death today, but I’m certain that it was something very different from what he was doing.
We’re thankful that he was found and that he is alive and well,” Bailontons mother, Amber, told MTV.
“I am just not convinced that it is a suicide.”
Amber said that her son was not a violent person and that there was “nothing wrong” with his behavior, but she said she and others did not have a clue about Bail’s mental illness until his death.
“The first few days, he was not like this,” she said.
“He was very, very gentle, very nice, and just had a very loving nature.
But I think that in the years that he spent here, there was something different about him, and we just didn’t know that.
I think we didn’t have a clear idea until after his first visit with a mental health counselor that this wasn’t normal behavior.”
In addition to the fact that Bailsons suicide has been ruled a suicide, his family also wants to clear up some misconceptions about mental illness and suicide.
Bailson was not depressed and had no history of psychiatric illness, according to Amber.
“It was never anything that he couldn’t deal with.
There were no mental health problems.
I know that some people may say that his father was a psychotic, and that was just a stereotype, but it wasn’t.
He was a normal young man,” Amber said.
However, the family also told MTV that Bailedson had a history of bipolar disorder.
He said that Baila’s bipolar disorder had not worsened after his father’s death and that the death had not been due to suicide.
“Anthony was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2003.
We knew at the time that he suffered from bipolar disorder, but the severity of his symptoms and how he responded to his medications, we did not know.
We did not find out until we went through his autopsy report,” Amber told MTV, adding that it took time for her to understand the nature of Bailas mental illness at the age he died.
“When we first found out that he wasn’t going to make it, we knew that was it,” she added.
“So that was a shock.
We just couldn’t believe that this could be.”
MTV’s Melissa Block/MELESSA BLANKThe family of Anthony R. Bailson, father of Amber Bailsonian, holds up a photograph of his son, who died at age 19 in 2010.
As of March 2016, there are approximately 1,600 law enforcement personnel across the United States who are thought to be on duty each year in cases involving people with serious mental illness, including mental health professionals and others.
In addition, the National Alliance on Mental Illness has estimated that between 10 and 20 people are killed by law enforcement each year.
“For a lot of people, it’s just one more thing that’s going to bring them down, and it’s a huge burden on the community, especially in the middle of the night, when everyone is asleep,” Amber explained.
The Bailords’ story of finding out that their son had a serious mental health condition in 2010 has brought renewed interest in the issue.
As a result, Bailyss father, Robert Schmitt has written